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Psychiatry and Culture in Historical Perspective 2014-15 (Yale)

Psychiatry and Culture in Historical Perspective 2014-15

Department of Psychiatry and Section of the History of Medicine

Yale School of Medicine


*All meetings at 630 pm at at the Fulton Room, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT. Please contact or for details* 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Michael Staub, PhD (Department of English, Baruch College)

Dichotomania: Split-Brain Research and the Rise of the Neuroscience Revolution


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ben Harris, PhD (Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire)

“Practicing Mind-Body Medicine Before Freud:  John G. Gehring, the ‘Wizard of the Androscoggin’”


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Eli Zaretsky, PhD, (Department of History, The New School for Liberal Arts)

Topic TBA


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Helena Hansen, MD, PhD (Departments of Psychiatry and Anthropology, New York University)

“Managing the Fix: How Do You Treat Addiction in the Age of Pills?” (documentary film and discussion)


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Claire Edington, PhD (Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University)

“Getting Out of the Asylum: Writing the Social History of Psychiatry in French Indochina”


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD (Center for Health, Medicine, and Society, Vanderbilt University)

Topic TBA


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Erika Dyck, PhD (Department of History, University of Saskatchewan)

Topic TBA


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau, PhD (Department of History, New York University)

“The Patient’s Turn: Re-Assessing Roy Porter’s Legacy, Thirty Years On”

Lecture and Discussion Series – Issues in Mental Health Policy (Weill Cornell Medical Center, Fall 2014)

DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry

Presents a lecture and discussion series


Weill Cornell Medical Center

Baker Auditorium (room f1190)

525 East 68th St.

What do we know about the criminalization of mental illness?


 Elizabeth B. Ford, M.D.
Director Forensic Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center

“Sickening punishment: the evolution and impact of mental illness in jails and prisons”

September 24, 2014
Room f1190

Homer Venters, M.D.
Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Correctional Health Services, DOHMH

“Age, Race, and Solitary Confinement as Features of the Mental Health Service in the NYC Jail System”

October 29, 2014
Room f1190

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Fall Schedule Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine (McLean Hospital)

Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, McLean Hospital and

Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine




David G. Satin, M.D., DLFAPA Director

Open to students of history and those valuing a historical perspective on their professions.

———-Fall, 2014———-

September 18 (Ballard Room)

Colonial Governance and Medical Ethics in British India, 1870-1910

Kieran Fitzpatrick: D.Phil candidate at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford; Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Studentship holder 2013-16

October 16 (Minot Room)

Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust

Michael A. Grodin, M.D.: Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health

November 20 (Ballard Room)

Making the Suicidal Object: Sympathy and Surveillance in the American Asylum

Kathleen Brian, M.A., Ph.D.: Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, George Washington University

December 18 (Ballard Room)

Boundary Disputes Between British Psychiatry and Neurology

Stephen T. Casper, PhD: Associate Professor, History of Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Clarkson University

4:00 P.M.—5:30 P.M.

see room scheduled, fifth floor, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical Area

For further information contact David G. Satin, M.D., Colloquium Director,

e-mail:, phone/fax 617-332-0032,

Call for Submissions (Yale Working Group)

Yale_School_of_MedicineDear all,

We coordinate a small working group on Psychiatry and Culture in Historical Perspective, co-sponsored by the Section of the History of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine. The group consists of researchers and clinicians with training in a wide variety of disciplines, including history, anthropology, medicine, psychiatry, and psychology. We write today to invite submissions from scholars in the field interested in presenting their material for feedback in the coming academic year. Typically we meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Our schedule is flexible, though, and we would be happy to work with anyone who might be travelling through the region. Our budget allows us to cover some or most domestic travel expenses.

Inquiries or proposals can be sent to either or

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Matthew Gambino and Mical Raz


Matthew Gambino, MD, PhD

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

Erector Square Bldg One

319 Peck Street

New Haven CT 06513


Mical Raz, MD, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine and Section of the History of Medicine

333 Cedar Street, L132

New Haven CT 06520

Spring 2014 Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminars (Weill Cornell, NYC)

Spring 2014

The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar

Convenes on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from September through May

 2:00 PM Baker Tower Conference Room F-1200

January 15

No Lecture – American Psychoanalytic Meeting

February 5

Joseph Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College
“Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Defense of Academic Medicine”

February 19

Carl Schoonover, Ph.D., Axel Laboratory, Columbia University
“Visualizing Neural Structure: Historical Development and Contemporary Practice”

March 5

Nathan Kravis, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
“Whence the Couch?”

March 19

Edward Brown, M.D., Brown University
“François Leuret: The Last Moral Therapist”

April 2

Max Fink, M.D., Stonybrook University Medical School
“The Creation of Catatonia, its Co-option in Schizophrenia, and its Revival: Failure of Obeisance to Kraepelin”

April 16

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau, Ph.D., New York University
“From the ‘writing cure’ to the ‘talking cure’: Revisiting the discovery of the unconscious”

May 7

Sabine Arnaud, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
“Deafness, Norms, and the Distribution of Expertise in the Late Nineteenth Century” 

May 21

Akihito Suzuki, School of Economics, Keio University
Eric T. Carlson Memorial Lecture: Grand Rounds, Uris Auditorium
“Madness, Marriage, and Migration: Eugenics and Japanese Society”

Richardson Seminar, Room f1190
“Modernism and Mental Illness in Early Twentieth-Century Tokyo”

* PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited. Attendance by permission only.

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“The Uses of Psychoanalysis: Britain, France and the USA, 1920-2000” (Mellon Teaching Seminar, Cambridge)

The Uses of Psychoanalysis: Britain, France and the USA, 1920-2000

An Interdisciplinary Mellon Teaching Seminar

University of Cambridge

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

October, November and December 2013

Professor Peter Mandler (Faculty of History)
Professor John Forrester (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)

With the possible exception of Marxism, psychoanalysis has had both a broader and a deeper influence on intellectual life in the West than any other movement. Developed as a therapeutic and psychological programme at the turn of the century, occupying like no other epistemic and institutional project could the no man’s lands between the human and the biological sciences and between the figures of ‘care’ and of ‘knowledge’, it also had great influence on the fledgling social sciences – psychology, sociology and anthropology – in the first half of the twentieth century and fused with revolutionary enthusiasms in politics and in social reform (relating in particular to sexuality and to the position of women).  Above all it stood at the head of the diverse array of ‘technologies of the self’ developed by Western cultures increasingly absorbed by the cultivation of ‘personality’ in an age of alleged massification.  This seminar will examine some of the uses to which psychoanalysis was put, focussing on both disciplinary and interdisciplinary developments and on the local milieux in which psychoanalysis developed most vigorously – urban, cosmopolitan, intellectually and artistically vibrant cities.

The interdisciplinary rationale of the seminar reflects accurately the interdisciplinary scope of psychoanalysis itself. In Cambridge, aspects of psychoanalysis figure in several different disciplines: in history, in philosophy, in psychology, in anthropology, sociology, modern languages (in particular in German and in French, on account of the enormous influence of psychoanalysis on twentieth century French and German cultures) and inevitably in the history and philosophy of science. The 8-week Seminar will bring together approaches from social and cultural history, intellectual history, and history and philosophy of science to survey and take stock of a range of episodes, drawn from US, British and French psychoanalytic cultures, across the twentieth century. The seminar leaders hope that graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from a very wide range of disciplines will be attracted by the Seminar.

The leaders of the proposed Mellon Teaching Seminar are senior figures in the Faculty of History and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Mandler, principally a cultural historian, has a long-standing interest in the history and influence of psychoanalytic ideas (and on the popular dissemination of social-science concepts more generally), most recently palpable in his work on mid-twentieth-century cultural anthropology, Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2013). Forrester has worked on various aspects of psychoanalysis, particularly, but not only, its history, for forty years; his recent research projects include the reception of psychoanalysis in Cambridge, 1908-1927 and the development of the concept of ‘gender identity’ in Los Angeles by the psychoanalyst Robert Stoller, c. 1963.

The syllabus will consist of 8 independent historical ‘episodes’, situated in different places and at different times across the period 1920-2000. Each week’s reading will consist principally in three sources, most of them ‘primary sources’ from the episodes in question. Extensive background reading, both primary and secondary, will be supplied for each week’s seminar, but requirement for participation in the Seminar will consist solely in reading the three sources (or thereabouts) for each week.

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Seminar: Historical Erasures and Category Errors Concerning Semen Regulation

UCL/British Psychological Society History of the Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

Organiser: Professor Sonu Shamdasani (UCL)

Monday 11th November, 6pm to 7.30 pm

Seminal Matters: Historical Erasures and Category Errors Concerning Semen Regulation

Dr. Sushrut Jadhav (UCL)

This seminar is in two parts:

1) The first part will present evidence to argue that the history of semen related disorders, currently classified as an unique and exotic mental condition amongst South Asians, is deeply flawed as it erases a significant body of western literature. As a result, the phenomena of semen loss is classified it as a South Asian Culture Bound Mental Disorder in the International Classification of Diseases (F48.8, ICD-10).

2) The second part will demonstrate findings from an experiment that reveals how such diagnoses can be equally constructed amongst White Britons in London. The seminar will conclude by 1) arguing these are key concerns glossed over by global mental health models that abstract local explanations of suffering to the level of a psychopathology, and 2) proposing the term ‘cultural iatrogenesis’ as a new category to be included in the classification of mental disorders.

Note Location:

Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, University College London.

From the Torrington Place entrance to UCL, enter the campus on Malet Place. After fifty metres, you will find Foser court on the right hand side. Turn right under the underpass, and enter via the second door on the right. The common room is straight ahead.


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